Awards & Trophies

D. Venner Smythe Trophy

Spurred by the growing number of sailors in singlehanded boats, led US SAILING to the addition in 1974 of a national Singlehanded championship and the donation of a trophy in honor D. Verner Smythe, a long‑time chairman of the Sears Cup Committee (the tradition‑rich Triplehanded youth championship. The first junior singlehanded championship was sailed in Sunfish in conjunction with the triplehanded.

The U.S. Singlehanded Championship is of similar vintage as the Junior Doublehanded ( Bemis). Both are ladder‑style events where teams must earn the right to continue competing. The events start with a local sail‑off, and continue through Area eliminations before the national finals. Similar to the Doublehanded, the field was later expanded to include two teams per Area with the exception of Areas H and L, each of whom send one team.

Two‑time winners have been Kevin Hall representing Pacific Corinthian and Ventura Yacht Clubs, CA, and Steven Hochart from the San Diego Yacht Club. Scott Young won the Smythe in 1976, a year after he was winning crew in the inaugural Junior Doublehanded championship.

An active member of the Pequot Yacht Club at Southport, Conn., Smythe also served as Chairman for the Coordinating Committee of the NAYRU championships.

In 2004, a Sportsmanship award was given in the name of Faye Bennet, herself a past chair.

Associated Championship

2018 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships

Previous Award Recipients

Smythe Trophy
  • 2018 – Balboa Yacht Club – David Wood
  • 2017 – Stamford Yacht Club – James Paul
  • 2016 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club – Joseph Hou
  • 2015 – St. Thomas Yacht Club – Sam Morrell
  • 2014 – FAST Sailing Foundation  – Henry Marshall
  • 2013 – St. Petersburg Yacht Club – Nic Baird 
  • 2012 – St. Petersburg Yacht Club – Addison Hackstaff
  • 2011 – Wet Pants Sailing Association – Nick Valente
  • 2010 – San Diego Yacht Club – Nevin Snow
  • 2009 – Mission Bay Yacht Club – Kevin Laube
  • 2008 – Sarnia Yacht Club – E.J. O’Mara
  • 2007 – Lake Geneva Yacht Club – Clifford Porter
  • 2006 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club – Charlie Buckingham
  • 2005 – American Yacht Club – Cameron Cullman
  • 2004 – Riverton Yacht Club – Patrick Curran
  • 2003 – Brant Beach Yacht Club – Kyle Kovacs
  • 2002 – Rochester, NY Mike Wilde
  • 2001 – Toms River Yacht Club – Clay Johnson
  • 2000 – San Diego YC – Andrew Campbell
  • 1999 – Honolulu, HI – Andrew Lewis
  • 1998 – Carpinteria, CA – John Diskant
  • 1997 – Mission Bay YC – Steven Hochart
  • 1996 – Mission Bay YC – Steven Hochart
  • 1995 – Seattle YC, WA – Dalton Bergan
  • 1994 – San Diego YC – Jon Baker
  • 1993 – Lakewood YC – Bruce Mahoney
  • 1992 – Coral Reef YC – Evan Zinn
  • 1991 – Corpus Christi YC – Elizabeth Kratzig
  • 1990 – Coronado YC – David Houser
  • 1989 – Lakewood YC – Marc Schneider
  • 1988 – Tiverton YC – Stephen Majkut
  • 1987 – Coconut Grove SC – Peter Dreyfuss
  • 1986 – Ventura YC – Kevin Hall
  • 1985 – Pacific Corinthian YC – Kevin Hall
  • 1984 – U.S. Optimist Dinghy Assn. – Rob Vanderkreeke
  • 1983 – Winnetonka YC – Scott Kyle
  • 1982 – Alamitos Bay YC – Mike Sentovitch
  • 1981 – Coconut Grove SC – Louis Verloop
  • 1980 – San Diego YC – Brian Ledbetter
  • 1979 – Coconut Grove SC – Baird Lobree
  • 1978 – St. Petersburg YC – Richard Merriman
  • 1977 – Stockton YC – Paul Yost
  • 1976 – White Rock BC – Scott Young
  • 1975 – Ocean Gate YC – Shawn Kempton
  • 1974 – Huron-Portage YC – Richard Lyons